Teaching exactly the wrong lesson E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

The problem with “zero tolerance” policies is that they frequently come with zero-intelligence. According to a recent article in The Daily Commercial newspaper in Florida, a high school student who stood up for a special needs classmate has been branded a bully by school officials.

According to the article, 18-year-old Stormy Rich witnessed a girl with special needs being bullied by her peers on the way to school for months before she decided to take a stand.

"They would be mean to her, tell her she couldn't sit on certain spots on the bus. Just because she doesn't understand doesn't mean that should be happening to her," Rich told WOFL-TV.

Too bad she didn’t ask a cop. They could have told her that very rarely do you get a pat on the back for sticking your neck out to do the right thing.

More often than not taking that sort of action results in a reprimand, not a pat on the back.

Rich says she reported the bullying to the bus driver and school officials. They couldn’t be bothered.

So the brave high school student decided it was up to her to confront the bullies.

Now Rich has been labeled as a bully and her bus-riding “privileges” have been revoked.

A spokesperson for the school district said, "Two wrongs don't make a right and that the girl with special needs never complained about being bullied.”

While it’s certainly true that two wrongs don’t make a right, it’s hard to see how school officials identified the bullying of a special needs student and the defense of said student as “two wrongs.”

Stormy's mother, Brenda, told The Daily Commercial, "My daughter was punished incorrectly. Stormy was standing up for a child with emotionally challenged disabilities that should not have been bullied. The district's policy clearly states that anybody in good faith files a report on bullying will not face any repercussions and she is."

It’s terrible when kids bully each other. But that pales in comparison to supposed grown-ups bullying a kid for having the guts to stand up and speak out.

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written by bob, November 15, 2012
fuck that

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